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with Denice Frohman

Something that makes you smile

Children when they discover language and begin learning how to spell words. There’s something overwhelmingly beautiful and grounding about watching that evolution, and seeing them both discover and create meaning. The kind of poetry they speak is a wild, wild thing.

A confession

I just started drinking coffee last year and since my mom (an avid Café Bustelo coffee drinker) didn’t want to pass that habit down to me, I tend to downplay how much I drink it.

The last thing you wrote

A text thanking a friend for dinner. A tweet shouting out a list of women poets who inspire me. Gratitude.

Your favourite city

This question is going to get me in trouble, so since I can’t just pick one I’ll give you three: NYC, Miami, Bay Area.

What you’d place in a time capsule

When I was about 8 or 9, my grandfather had me write a letter to myself, stuff it into an envelope and not open it for 10 years. I waited all that time, forgot it existed and then discovered it one day. I think I’d want to do something similar…find as many people as possible and have them write about their joys and fears; their healing journey and regrets; what made them get up in the morning; what made them want to stay or leave. Either that, or curate a playlist of songs inspired by the resistance movements of our time.

Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, and educator. Born and raised in New York City, she is a CantoMundo Fellow, 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient, 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner (Creative Artist of the Year), and former Leeway Transformation Award recipient.